About Us

A Micro Publisher of Stories about Politics, Issues and Places


Stories are also the single best way to promote dialogue. Informed, provocative and thoughtful, Claret Press wants to be part of the conversation about the issues facing us. And if there's no conversation, then we'll start one. Our books don’t shy away from the big questions, but aren’t defined by them either. We want to reverse the trend of careful publishing shaped by corporate needs, and instead be a platform outside the framework of traditional publishing.

Most importantly, our books are just great page-turning reads

Claret Press meets all the costs of editing, designing, publishing across multiple formats and marketing our books. So we can only publish a limited number of books a year. New York audiobook producer Essential AudioBooks has turned seven of our books into audiobooks. Drachenhaus Verlag has published the German translation of Brushstrokes in Time by Sylvia Vetta. Mercuria Press in the USA has republished Sarah Gray's books. Black Tea by Stephen Morris has been shortlisted for a Royal Society of Literature Award. 

If you like books like this, or are interested in the crazy adventures of building idea-sharing and dialogue by publishing gripping narratives, subscribe to this website. Once a month (but frequently less often than that), you'll get a newsletter about literary events, our latest books, information from the world of micro-publishing, and cute photos of the Claret Press pets. 


Supporting our work

Whilst Claret Press books are available from all bookshops and major online retailers, buying our books from the following links means we and our authors receive a greater proportion of the sale at no extra cost to you. To read more about how this works and why see the following blog post. You can also donate to us through our ko-fi page which we set up so that you can directly support our work including our free Zoom Talking Points.

Submitting to Claret Press

If you're interested in submitting to Claret Press, send us a cover letter and a 25 page writing sample. Our email address is contact@claretpress.com. We'll try to get back to you in a few weeks.

If you're looking for editing and publishing services, please see www.claphampublishing.com


We don't publish the following: poetry, self help or spiritual, erotica, kiddie books, picture books, art books, cookbooks, academic, educational, textbooks or screeds. We also don't republish self-published books.

Independent Publishers Guild
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Drachenhaus Verlag
Essential Audiobooks
Finalist for International Book Awards